The Jets’ offense sent Buffalo home with a defensive grocery list Sunday. On it are a host of positions to patch up thanks to another run of injuries, along with one goal for the rest of the season: improvement.
Although the offense misfired on more than its share of third down conversions, the defense didn’t shirk blame in the 27-20 loss. Buffalo allowed four plays for 40 yards or more with the two longest going for touchdowns.
“Everyone is going after our secondary, and we just have to do a good job,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “We were trying to change things up for (Geno Smith) coverage-wise...to try to keep the quarterback thinking, but when we bring the pressure and they block them all up, they go one-on-one. We just didn’t make those plays.”
Buffalo’s secondary is a target thanks to its injuries, past and present.
The McKelvin injury leaves Buffalo without their three top corners joining Gilmore and
In addition to those injuries,
“You have your two starting corners out, and Jairus (Byrd) is out for the game, you’ve got three good guys that aren’t on the field,” Marrone said. “Those other guys out there have done a good job, (but) at times they weren’t able to make plays they made in the other two weeks.”
McKelvin’s injury forced changes as
“There have been some times where I’ve forced myself to take some corner reps just in case a situation like this happens,” Williams said of his substitution as cornerback. “I’ve just been trying to get the safety position down, but they didn’t need me at safety so I did my best at corner.”
“I have to turn my head around and make a play on the ball,” Rogers said of the touchdown surrendered to Holmes. “You can’t make a play on the ball if you don’t turn your head around and I was obviously looking at him the whole time. So that was a technique mistake that I gave up.”
Rogers had no pass defenses; Smith completed passes against him for roughly 270 of his 331 yards thrown on the day. He was also flagged for a 22-yard penalty for pass interference call.
“Football is a roller coaster. You have your highs and you have your lows and we did get turnovers and we did give up big plays,” Lawson said. “We have to continue to make big plays and turnovers, but eliminate the big plays against us.”
Buffalo didn’t fail to score its own big plays. Jim Leonhard and
“That’s the frustrating part. We haven’t reached our potential, but we’re still in every game,” said linebacker
Moats said the future of the team is in the hands of the players.
“When we start making those plays we’ll start winning those games, but until then we’re going to be a middle of the road team.”